By Mike Ghouse at www.IsraelPalestineDialogue.com
Until the evening of March 17, the entire world was enthused and was looking forward to the chances of a new centrist government in Israel. They hoped the new leadership will be instrumental in laying a solid foundation for long term security for the people of Israel, and serve uncompromising justice for the Palestinians. Both people deserve peace and security, and ought to live comfortably in their neighborhoods by dropping their guards and feeling safe and secure like the babies in their mothers lap.
But that dream was shattered.
The people of Israel under duress gave Likud 30 seats, leaving the Zionist union far behind with 24 seats. Mr. Netanyahu will certainly be asked to form the coalition government. However, there is a tiny ray of hope that the left and the centrist parties can get their act together and shape the future of Israel.
Peace is a necessity for prosperity and security; you will not that peace if you keep threatening people around you, the more you frighten others, the greater your own vulnerability will be. If Mr. Netanyahu persists, it is bad news for the Israelis, hopelessness for the Palestinians, a mess for Iranians and a worse situation for the United States and other nations.
Israel has lots of friends. They have not become anti-Semite as Netanyahu likes to propagandize. They simply see Netanyahu as a rogue and oppose Netanyahuism rather than Israel, the world is not against the aspirations of the Jewish people, or Judaism. If the centrist do form the government things will get remarkably better for all parties; Israel, Palestine, Iran, US and the World.
It is not good for Israel for many reasons; first of all, Israelis will not be able to lead a normal life with chaos surrounding them in perpetuity. The character of a nation is defined by the value it places on justice, and Netanyahu’s leadership drove Israel far away from Justice into the realm of security needs through the rotten attitudes on settlements, peace negotiations, violating UN resolutions and playing on manufactured threats. Israel should have moved away from security needs and transformed into justice needs a while back. The centrist government can restore all that, and let the people of Israel and Palestine breathe.
Declaration of War
It is not good for the Palestinians; first of all he has declared a war on the Christians and Muslims of Palestine, when he said, there will not be a Palestinian state. Hamas can rightfully point to the world and ask what they should do? Of course, they will not ask, they have no reason to trust us or the others.
The Palestinians are now challenged to fight back or opt for Masada – i.e., committing suicide en masse rather than burn under Israeli phosphorus bombs (When Jews were pushed to the corner by Romans, they opted to commit suicide rather than surrender). Can anyone trust the world to stand by the oppressed, or they are on their own.
Hamas has already claimed that they were right about him, and that makes us all wrong from the beginning. This is a serious issue for us to reflect on and a clarion call to the people of Israel to reject this man Netanyahu and his evil designs.
The other choice the Palestinians have is to be absorbed in the state of Israel as “equal citizens” – apartheid should have no place in this world and certainly America cannot lose its character by supporting such a regime.
What about the world? Netanyahu has boldly spat on the faces of 161 (out of 166) Nations of the United Nations by rejecting their resolutions to stop the settlements, time and again. He even slapped VP Joe Biden by funding for more settlements when the VP visited Israel, and now he has declared there will not be a Palestine. This is not the way to build nations.
Shouldn’t the world take action and bring justice to the people of Palestine and save Israel from the clutches of Savior Netanyahu?
161 Nations of the world felt rejected, and their opinion and resolutions were blatantly discarded by Netanyahu, and that is morphing into resentment towards the violator. Indeed, it is really anti-Netanyahuism, rather than Anti-Semitism as he likes to paint, and claims to become the savior of the Jewish people. He had the gall to essentially ask the Jews to abandon those rotten countries in Europe and join him in Israel. Are the Europeans happy with that categorization?
Ultimately Netanyahu is not good for the United States either. He is driven by chaos, and will unilaterally go to war with Iran, dragging the US into his war. It is the same guy who had lied twice about Iraq and now he has another one on Iran. He has also alienated American Jews; a majority of them do not support his take on Iran.
America will be weakened severely; it will wipe us out, and will be worse than the loss of 43 Million jobs, homes and business closures, divorces, budget deficits that the previous president left.
The 161 Nations may consider a resolution, that Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister or the possibly the New Premier is in direct violation of the world community in rejecting Palestine, and unless the Israeli people through their parties choose a Prime Minister who can sit among the civilized nations of the world, and respect life liberty and pursuit of the happiness of the Palestinian people, the resolution will stand in place. The resolution calls for pulling the ambassadors out of Israel and sending Israeli ambassadors back to their homes.
As president of the United States, Obama has a right to withhold the aid, not to punish but do put Israel back on the track to be a just nation. In the long haul, when people see a good functioning non-apartheid and a just Israel, other nations in the region have a reason to emulate and be friends.
Netanyahu is not good for Israel, Palestinians, Iran, the United States or the world. He is the new Saddam Hussein who will not hesitate gassing the Palestinians and will alienate Israel further among the nations.
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